From left: Face, B.A. Baracus, Murdock and Hannibal.
There is no Plan B.
The film adaptation of The A-Team
series, released in 2010. Follows the Rag Tag Bunch Of Misfits
from their roots when they come together pulling off a mission against a drug lord in Mexico. They become a legendary "crack commando team" running operations that regular military teams can't do. Col. Hannibal Smith
is the leader, the Man with the Plan. Face is the charmer
, point man and has been with Hannibal longer than the rest
. B.A. Barracus is the machine savvy bruiser
of the team. And "Howling Mad" Murdock is their (possibly insane
) Ace Pilot
Eight years, and "80 successful missions", later, a complicated series of events put them in a very delicate operation to recover U.S. minting plates and several million dollars printed by them. Upon a successful completion, their commanding officer General Morrison is killed by a car bomb and the plates stolen, along with the money being torched.
Because of how classified the mission was, Morrison was the only one who could verify their story and they effectively look like bank robbers and conspirators with a rival mercenary group. They are charged with war crimes
, stripped of their rank and sent to prison. But even that isn't enough to stop them, as six months later they break out of prison with the help of a CIA
operative and set out to clear their name. This involves tracking down the location of the plates, the PMC leader Pike who framed them, plenty of collateral damage and the A-Team Montage
Contains the following tropes:
- 3-D Movie: Murdock gets to watch one, along with the other inhabitants of the psych ward he's in. That 3D is really damn realistic, what with the Humvee smashing through the wall and dragging in Murdock. The 3-D glasses also make it look like they're really being shot at.
- Absolute Cleavage: Sosa often wears blouses with the top few buttons undone, which typically shows off her cleavage.
- Action Prologue - Also explains how the A-Team comes together, detailing Hannibal recruiting BA and Murdock to rescue Face.
- Adaptational Villainy: Lynch. In the series he was more of a Hero Antagonist. He was a good soldier who honestly believed that the A-Team were dangerous criminals who needed to be stopped. In the movie he's a Dirty Cop and a true villain.
- Affably Evil:
- Lynch, a friendly joking man who could have easily been a good member of the A-Team... if not for the whole "backstab you for some money" deal and his overwhelming sense of entitlement.
- There appear to be a couple of subtle occasions throughout the show that serve to differentiate between professionals (though not necessarily the good guys, i.e. Brock Pike and General Morrison) and most of the bad guys (who tend to speak in stereotypical terms): Face's "administrator" and "operator" analogy v.s. Lynch's "High-speed, shoot-to-kill" statement, "suppressor" v.s. "silencer", among others.
- Whenever Pike evokes Eviler Than Thou and is Too Kinky to Torture.
- All Part of the Show: The 3D film sent to Murdock in the psyche hospital.
- Almost Kiss - Between Face and Sosa... more than once.
- And the Adventure Continues: At the end, despite all they did, the A-Team are still wanted fugitives and are on the run from the law.
- Arch-Enemy: Did anyone else get this vibe between B.A. and Pike?
- A Real Man Is a Killer: Lynch's incompetence is very much connected to his lack of experience in the field, and B.A.'s character arc is only complete when he kills again.
- Though in the case of the latter, it's less that he can't be a real man without killing, and more that it would be rather difficult for him to be a soldier. None of the others ever question his manhood, nor his valor or dedication.
- Arrow Cam: Shown on Reaper UAV missiles. Truth in Television.
- A-Team Firing: While there is still a lot of gunfire, many people - random mook soldiers and main characters alike - actually do get shot. Since this A-Team actually shoots to kill it isn't as extreme an example of the original Trope Namer.
- Played with within the movie itself. B.A. becomes a pacifist and refuses to shoot to kill during part of the movie (perhaps a Shout-Out to the trope), and one of the things the A-Team prides themselves on is getting things done with minimal casualties (note minimal, not none); that is in contrast to the trigger-happy Pike.
- And then Justified with Pike during the Germany scene. Pike's eyes are watering from having just been flashbanged and he is firing a stockless rifle fully automatically.
- A-Team Montage: You knew this had to happen... and since the movie's a little over two hours, we get two of them, and two others are a blend of planning and executing the plan instead of a straight montage.
- Attack Drone: The Reaper UAVs that our heroes have to fight in German airspace.
- As Long as It Sounds Foreign: Averted; the Spanish at the beginning is actually pretty good.
- Bad Ass:
- The entire team because they are soldiers.
- Pike also, villain or not. He nearly kills the A-Team by catching on to what they're doing and wrecks the plan with a rocket launcher.
- Badass Boast: Hannibal's line when he's in prison:
Hannibal "Give me a minute, I'm good. Give me an hour, I'm great. Give me six months, I'm unbeatable."
- One ad for the movie changed this to "Give my team an hour, we're unbeatable."
- Brock Pike, before he puts down two incompetent rogue CIA agents and proceeds to wreck Face's plan:
Pike "Okay, paintballers. Time to go pro."
- Badass Creed: Hannibal recites the Ranger Creed to B.A. to convince him to help.
- Baddie Flattery: Pike engages in this on occasion, such as when he and Face were stuck in a firefight with each other:
How are you doing, handsome? Shit, can you cycle that weapon. Nice work.
- Everyone Meets Everyone: the film opening details how the A-Team gets together - with the team bonding over all four of them being Army Rangers while battling a corrupt Mexican general.
- Evil Counterpart: Pike is this to Hannibal; both leaders of a team, but while Hannibal loves the Batman Gambit and cares about his men and his honor, Pike has no loyalty to his men, is easily willing to turn to his trigger finger for solutions, and only cares about himself in the end.
- If you pay attention to his arrogance, his penchant for ogling women, and his generally empty charm, Lynch may be this for Face. At the end, it's even revealed that Lynch is an agent, but also technically a Con Man, like Face. But unlike Face, his Evil Plan cohorts want to cut him out (since the rogue CIA agent has no intent whatsoever to reward them for their work) and women don't really want anything to do with him.
- Exact Words: Hannibal in Iraq. "B.A., for the last time, nobody leaves the truck once we take it over."
- Expy: The Black Forest private military corporation is an obvious analogue of the infamous Blackwater PMC.
- Face Death with Dignity: Brock Pike, a self-serving and treacherous psychopath as he might be, faces death while maintaining his composure when he thinks it to be inevitable. See the Juggling Loaded Guns entry for details. He doesn't know that events would eventually conspire to give him a second chance.
- Fanservice: Face spends an inordinate amount of time with his shirt open—or missing entirely.
- Fast Roping: Hannibal does this one-handed from the 30th floor of a building while shooting with the other hand. Baracus, on the other hand, drops from a flying fox right onto the top of a speeding truck.
- Flatline Plotline: This is the setup for Hannibal's prison escape.
- Flipping the Bird: In an Ironic Echo, done by Lynch's assistant (who is constantly irritated at Lynch's stupid entendres), and then done to the A-Team when Lynch is caught (who is constantly irritated at... duhhhhhhhhhhh)
- Oh, Crap: The drug dealer in the opening scene when he realizes that he's over American soil.
- Face and Hannibal when they realize that B.A. and Murdock accidentally switched passports at the customs desk.
- Agent Lynch, when he is addressed by his real name.
Face: "You speak Swahili?!"
Murdock: "You don't?"
- Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping:
- Sharlto Copley does a fairly admirable job of holding his vaguely Southern accent, but he tends to switch around accents a lot. It does work for the character, though, seeing as he is insane and an omniglot, and a lot of the more noticeable ones ("Oh you gorgeous rustbucket, did you miss your daddy!") were on purpose.
- Liam Neeson has a few moments of this as well, mostly when he's saying anything with an "oo" sound, like "you."
- Origins Episode: The Action Prologue shows how the team was first formed, and the main plot shows how they became the vigilantes they were in the original series.
- Outside Ride
- Pre-Mortem One-Liner: Pike loves these, and he spouts them on numerous occasions (even though he was interrupted before the coup-de-grace both times):
- To Baracus:
Baracus: *pointing a gun at Pike* "l don't wanna kill you, man."
Pike: "You don't wanna kill me? You're not gonna kill me. I'm gonna kill you, Baracus... Here we go, because I got two guns. I'm a lefty, remember that, right? So, as soon as that hammer goes back, it's on."
- To Face:
"How are you doing, handsome
? Shit, can you cycle that weapon. Nice work.
Jeez, close friends and bullets. Where are they when you need them? Don't take this too personally, but look here," *pointing at the muzzle of his rifle* "smile, wait for the flash."
- Product Placement: Everyone seems to be driving Mercedes-Benz cars. There's also Sosa's Dell computer, which is exactly the utilitarian model you'd get saddled with on a government budget. Fridge Brilliance concerning the cars: They're in Germany!
- Utterly lampooned in the official spoof trailer by Orange, in which even the cast ends up complaining about how much it's wrecking the movie ("I love it when a... talk plan comes together!").
- Psychopathic Man Child: Lynch is a mild type C; his loose attitude makes him come off like he's a 16 year old with the CIA's car keys. He leers at his hot assistant, brags about the CIA's rules being cooler than DoD's, and gets really excited about "awesome" combat incidents, which he compares to video games (see Shout-Out below).
Agent Daly: Zulu 1, Zulu 1, this is Broadsword. You are clear to engage.
: Broadsword, did you come up with that? That's awesome. 'Broadsword
- Quote-to-Quote Combat: Hannibal to B.A. in an attempt to get The Big Guy's fighting spirit back after he took an oath of nonviolence in prison.
: (reading from a book)
"Victory attained by violence is tantamount to a defeat, for it is momentary." Hannibal Smith
"It is better to be violent, if there is violence in our hearts, than to put on the cloak of nonviolence to cover impotence." B.A.
: Who said that? Hannibal
: Same guy. Gandhi wasn't afraid to fight for what he believed in.
- Reality Ensues: The Team catches Lynch and clears their names, and are promptly arrested for breaking out of prison.
- Recoil Boost: With the tank's main gun.
- Re Cut: The DVD version adds 19 minutes of footage, some F-bombs and reintegrates The Stinger into the plot.
- Refuge in Audacity:
- Reluctant Warrior: B.A. becomes one for a short time.
- Remake Cameo: Dirk Benedict and Dwight Schultz
- The Reveal:
- The Arab assisting Pike is actually General Morrison. Cue the Mass "Oh, Crap!" moment from the cast.
- This movie gives an entirely plausible reason for B.A.'s fear of flying and why he hates Murdock so much... Murdock's piloting.
- Run for the Border: A clever inversion of this trope. In the film's beginning, the team runs from Mexico to America in a helicopter while being pursued by General Javier Tuco. Upon crossing the border, Tuco's own chopper is blown up for engaging in combat with American soldiers on American soil.
- And all of that went according to his plan made after Face botched the previous one by getting caught in bed with Tuco's wife.
- Sanity Slippage: Inverted. Murdock thinks he might have gone sane as a result of Face's plan.
- Scars Are Forever: B.A. sports a scar on his right arm from where Hannibal shot him when they first met. It might have healed better if Murdock hadn't stitched it up with a lightning bolt stitch pattern.
- Shoot the Rope: Hannibal does this in the opening to free Face from a noose. He also shoots the wire on Pike's handcuffs to steal the plates from him.
- The film ends with the opening narration used in the TV series.
- While looking at AC-130 camera footage, Lynch exclaims "It's just like Call of Duty!" Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare featured a section where the player controls the weapons on an AC-130U "Spooky" gunship. The audience sees only a glimpse of what the antagonist is seeing, but it does indeed resemble that section. Also noting that the Gunship's call sign is Broadsword.
- Even better - it also directly references the MW2 AC-130 perk, since the AC-130's turrets are controlled from a laptop, as it is here.
- When the 3D movie "The Greater Escape" plays in the nuthouse, one of the names listed is Reginald Barkley. This is a reference to a character played by Dwight Shultz in Star Trek: The Next Generation. He also played H.M. Murdoch in the original A-Team TV Series.
- Also partial obscured names could also be references, but the full name could be a reference to other roles the original actors played. We can see Thomas (obscured last name. This could be Thomas Banacek played by George Peppard. Also seen is G.F. Star(obscured). This might be Starbuck played by Dirk Benedict.
- Shown Their Work: The "tank" is, in fact, an M8 Buford mobile gun. Of which six were made before the project was canceled in 1997. It really is designed to be air-dropped.
- The subversion is that the Buford in the movie is equipped with Level III armor package, which in reality would have made the tank too heavy to be carried by the Hercules, let alone being air-dropped from it at high altitude. Technically the air-droppable baseline Level I can already protect it from machine gun fire of the Reaper drones, however.
- Sinister Surveillance
- Slap-Slap-Kiss: Face and a French journalist.
- Sleight of Tongue: Face reveals they have the key to get out of the van in the end... with his tongue.
- Smoking Is Cool: Hannibal loves his cigars.
- Smug Snake: Lynch, oh so much.
- Pike is just a tad bit on the slithery smug side, as well.
- Soft Glass: Averted. When Fast Roping, the team shoot out the windows before swinging through them, and when B.A. falls onto a glass ceiling he only cracks it and winces.
- Soft Water: Terminal velocity fall in a tank with only one intact chute? Aim for the water.
- Spanner in the Works: Face wasn't expecting Pike to have a SMAW on him. Turns out to have been invoked by Lynch and Pike.
- Pike wasn't expected to get his neck cracked.
- Hannibal wasn't expecting Lynch's double-cross.
- Storyboard Body: The team members' Ranger tattoos.
- Stuff Blowing Up: The climax has a LOT of this, to the point of wondering if Michael Bay may have been consulted for the scenario.
- Sympathetic Inspector Antagonist: Sosa eventually turns into this by the end of the film.
- Talkative Loon: Murdock, of course.
- Tank Goodness: The team is seen airdropping a tank, which they proceed to use in a dog fight while it's still parachuting down.
- Team Chef: In short: Murdock cooks like he flies; skillfully and with a complete disregard for conventions and common sense. One of his staples is steak,"nuked" by peppering Cordite on it and then flipping it over to expose it to the flame, and served up with a side of antifreeze. What disqualifies him from Lethal Chef status is that this dish was so good the team wanted to eat it again. B.A. is also rather fond of his coconut curry tapenade.
- Technical Pacifist: B.A. becomes this for a while, but Hannibal uses a Gandhi quote (ironically) to convince B.A. to be willing to kill again:
B.A.: Gandhi said, "Victory attained by violence is tantamount to a defeat, for it is momentary."
Hannibal: "It is better to be violent, if there is violence in our hearts, than to put on the cloak of nonviolence to cover impotence."
B.A.: Who said that?
Hannibal: Same guy.
- Comes back when he kills Pike with a piledriver.
- Tempting Fate: "Don't worry! Turbulence has never brought down a plane." Cue Reapers. "They bring down planes all the time."
- 10-Minute Retirement: B.A., who swears off killing. Until the final battle
- The Mountains of Germany: There are no mountains near Frankfurt, Germany.
- Actually the Taunus low mountain range is just a bit north of Frankfurt.
- Theme Tune Cameo: Several times, both the original music and new versions.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Murdock of all people gives one to Morrison when the team finds out he betrayed them:
"You son of a bitch... You're not a general. How could you do this to him? How could you do this to us? You know nothing about leading men."
- There Is No Kill Like Overkill: "Overkill is underrated", indeed.
- Those Two Guys: Sosa's aides.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Baracus has his coconut curry with toast points, as prepared by Murdock.
- Trailers Always Spoil: The marketing spoiled the Hercules scene, portions of the bank scene, and portions of the various escapes. Compared to a lot of movies, this is pretty restrained.
- True Companions: Pretty obvious, but the A-Team themselves. A beta example may be Sosa's team and Lynch's detachment.
- Trust Password: In the prologue, Hannibal recites the Ranger Creed to B.A. to get him to help.
- Twenty Minutes into the Future: Implicit from things like the "crime they didn't commit" occurring during the final US withdrawal from Iraq.
- Universal Driver's License: Murdock can fly anything with wings or a rotor.
- Unfolding Plan Montage: Used twice: First in the raid to capture the plates convoy at the beginning, then the "misdirection" assault on Los Angeles Harbor at the end. Both also include A-Team Montages of the team gathering equipment.
- Unspoken Plan Guarantee: Subverted in the movie using the "Sherlock Holmes method", where plot-wise the plan is going on at the exact same time as its being detailed, while in-universe it isn't the case. Later played straight when Hannibal calls Sosa to make arrangements on bringing the plates and Morrison to her, knowing that Lynch is most likely listening in. Face then calls Sosa right afterwards. While we aren't privy to the conversation, its fairly obvious that they're letting Sosa in on the real plan.
- Viewers Are Goldfish: The movie repeatedly shows the audience flashbacks of things that happened just earlier.
- Violence Is the Only Option: Subverted in the passport scene, where both Murdock and B. A. are able to talk themselves out of a sticky situation.
- Vomit Discretion Shot: When Face is making out with the Mexican drug lord's wife they rescued after they pull him into the van.
*kiss kiss kiss* "Wait, I just threw up." *kiss kiss kiss*
- Watch the Paint Job:
- Very early on, B.A.'s GMC is wrecked by a Air Conditioning block dropped by Murdock.
- And earlier, getting shot by Hannibal doesn't annoy him. His blood staining the seats from getting shot annoys him..
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Due to a traumatic experience with Murdock's flying style, B.A. is deathly afraid of flying. Guess what the team has to do a lot of during missions?
- Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: At two different points, Pike has B.A. and Face in his gunsights, but takes too much time gloating before actually trying to shoot.
- Also, Hannibal could have easily shot Pike when he took the plates from him in Frankfurt, but didn't, and ends up with Pike gunning after both him and B.A. almost immediately thereafter.